Dunedin City Council meeting (17 Sept)

A meeting of the Dunedin City Council will be held on Monday, 17 September 2012, in the Council Chamber, Municipal Chambers, at 2.00 PM

Agenda – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 65.0 KB)

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 17.0 MB)
Adoption of Dunedin Towards 2050 A Spatial Plan for Dunedin

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 4.2 MB)
Dunedin’s Economic Development Strategy

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 7.6 MB)
Tourism Dunedin Annual Report 2012

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 113.3 KB)
South Island Strategic Alliance (SISA)

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 195.2 KB)
Otago Wilding Trust

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 48.4 KB)
150th Anniversary of Dunedin Becoming a City

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 214.8 KB)
Modifications to the Committee Structure and Delegations Manual

### ODT Online Thu, 13 Sep 2012
Mayor stays tight-lipped
By Chris Morris
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull is tight-lipped over two items to be considered in private at next week’s Dunedin City Council meeting. The public agenda for Monday’s meeting, released yesterday, listed a “standing orders issue” to be discussed with the public and media excluded. A standing orders issue usually related to a councillor alleged to have broken the council’s code of conduct rules. The second item to be discussed in non-public was listed as a “legal matter”.
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35 responses to “Dunedin City Council meeting (17 Sept)

  1. Anonymous

    I’m not sure how to weigh up this one from the Oddity crowd. They report that Dave Cull is “tight-lipped” but the not-so-subtle subtlety suggests the paper knows more than they’re reporting. Or trying to intimate what they’re not allowed to report. I guess we’ll find out in due course if this is going to be another edition of The Stakeholders’ Times or not.

    • Elizabeth

      So DCC the greatest swindler of ratepayer monies in the South Island, if not the nation, thinks it has the integrity to align itself with other councils. This is completely arse about; Central Government should be unified in condemning the elected council of Dunedin City. Pigs might fly.

      ### ch9.co.nz September 13, 2012 – 5:58pm
      Councils to vote on alliance
      A vote on Monday is expected to hook the DCC into a South Island-wide alliance of councils. Under the alliance, South Island councils will link arms to collaborate on projects. They will also present a unified front to the Government.
      Video

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    Unified front on projects, yes, I can see it now. “A stadium is agreed to be a basic necessity of life AND brings wealth to the city / town / village / 2 cribs and a dog.”
    Meanwhile in the real world:
    “Red-zone resident Sue Holmes said she hates only two people in this world – her ex-husband and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee….
    Mrs Holmes, who is still living in her badly damaged red-zone home in one of the worst-hit streets in Christchurch, was disgusted.
    “Brownlee is an absolute idiot,” said Mrs Holmes, who is still forced to use a portaloo in her front garden more than 18 months after her house sunk, snapped, and cracked in the February 22, 2011 quake.” from http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/225558/brownlee-apologises-quake-comments
    Yes, base-over-apex “sense of responsibility” is making a strong running. An alliance will be able to stomp on any resistance.

  3. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Mon, 17 Sep 2012
    One agency to market Dunedin
    By Debbie Porteous
    The creation of a Dunedin marketing agency that would co-ordinate tourism, events and efforts to attract talent, students and investment to the city will be investigated as one of seven initial projects aimed at improving Dunedin’s economy. [The final version of the Dunedin economic development strategy] has already been adopted by the Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Polytechnic, Otago Southland Employers’ Association and the University of Otago. It will be voted on by the Dunedin City Council today.
    Read more

    ****

    “Seven priority projects have been selected because of their potential impact, practicality, potential to increase export earnings, overseas investments, or migration, because they were collaborative projects and because they leveraged existing work or investment.” They are: (via ODT)

    • Better support for export businesses. Project convener: Otago Southland Employers’ Association

    • Dunedin Ambassadors programme – identify overseas ex-Dunedin residents to help connect export businesses with customers, investors and talent. Project convener: University of Otago

    • Strategy to attract more international students to the city and boost the provision of education products and services offshore. Project convener: Otago Polytechnic

    • Create plans to grow innovative and internationally competitive industries. Project convener: University of Otago

    • Marketing Dunedin – investigate case for a single agency to co-ordinate the city’s marketing efforts. Project convener:Dunedin City Council

    • Project Shanghai and China – identify specific two-way trade and investment opportunities. Project convener: Otago Chamber of Commerce

    • Red carpet, not red tape – install a “business-friendly” approach across the organisation.

    *Source: revised version of the Dunedin economic development strategy.

    • Elizabeth

      Unrealistic targets!

      ### ch9.co.nz September 17, 2012 – 5:44pm
      Economic development strategy before city council today
      The city’s economic development strategy went before the city council today, with ambitious targets of 10,000 new jobs and a $10,000 boost to pay packets in Dunedin. It went with a recommendation for final sign-off, but that did not happen before councillors said their piece.
      Video

      • Elizabeth

        Way Of The Future:
        The bankrupt Dunedin City Council invites ‘dark alley’ partnerships (Vanity Projects Inc) that promise SFA.

        ### ODT Online Tue, 18 Sep 2012
        Council adopts economic strategy
        By Debbie Porteous
        The group that has come up with a list of projects aimed at creating new jobs and boosting wage packets in Dunedin, will now move on to working out how and when the projects will get done, and who is going to pay for them. The economic development strategy for Dunedin, outlining the vision, strategic direction and some initial ways of getting there was adopted by the Dunedin City Council yesterday, the last of six partner organisations that have spent the past three years developing the strategy, to sign off the document. The other partner organisations are the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Southland Employers’ Association and Ngai Tahu.
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        Other results from council meeting (17 September):

        ### ODT Online Tue, 18 Sep 2012
        DCC to join South Island alliance
        By Chris Morris
        The Dunedin City Council is to join a “coalition of the willing” by adding its name to an alliance of South Island councils. Councillors at yesterday’s full council meeting voted unanimously, and without debate, to join the South Island Strategic Alliance (SISA). The grouping of up to 27 South Island councils had been discussed since last year, and in recent weeks endorsed by the Otago Regional Council, and Central Otago and Clutha District Councils.
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        ****

        Hmmm. 2015. Not out of debt yet, DCC. Let’s begin celebrations by getting Cull and Councillors voted OUT in 2013. No Council apology for its massive indebtedness – offered to the community, or to the good council staff that are facing the wall.

        ### ODT Online Tue, 18 Sep 2012
        DCC wants to celebrate
        By Chris Morris
        Dunedin – get ready to party. At least, get ready for the Dunedin City Council to investigate the potential for a party and report back on options. Councillors at yesterday’s full council meeting asked for work to be carried out on plans for the 150th anniversary of Dunedin’s founding as a city, which would be marked on August 1, 2015. Council chief executive Paul Orders would prepare a report on “suitable ways” to celebrate the occasion, which marks 150 years of civic government in Dunedin and a continuous line of mayors and councillors.
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  4. Hype O'Thermia

    If they set their sights on not losing more than 100 jobs, and a drop in pay packets of not more than $10, I’d begin to think they had made the big leap to living in today’s world-wide economic circumstances, with awareness of the consequences of their, and their predecessors’ actions.
    Looks like they still believe in Spin-farries.

  5. amanda

    Yes. Dancing in the streets once the stadium cabal departs. They obviously realise people have not completely forgotten the fiscal whoopsies of the DCC and this may threaten the return to council next year of important fiscal giants like Brown and Hudson, so, Hey, throw a party! The simple people will forget everything like magic. They hope. This is clearly a tactic of the new multimillion dollar marketing arm of the DCC that Cull initiated.

  6. Anonymous

    Every effort will be made this coming election to throw out the Stadium Councillors and more so Syd Brown. Their actions awarded a select few with incredible wealth and left everyone else with impossible debt. They deserve to be evicted from office and investigated. For the best interests of Dunedin neither they nor Allied Press including its Stadium Times should have anything to do with the event. It would be the cruel joke in the city’s history to award these parties with any recognition for their selfish destruction of its future.

    • Elizabeth

      More than happy for the 2013 stadium curtainraiser (to the 2015 ‘party’) to be Cull, Councillors and DCC general managers fed to the Lion Ratepayers. Grotesque Blood Sport without mercy is so ‘in’ next season.

      • Elizabeth

        Ultimate DCC Farce (council too stupid to find jobs for Kiwi unemployed at Dunedin, first – especially South Dunedin’s youth who deserve training and apprenticeship, a real start in life)

        ### ch9.co.nz September 18, 2012 – 6:39pm
        DCC trying to help solve ‘trailing spouses’ problem
        A South African Rocket Scientist is one highly skilled migrant who recently spent two years trying to find a job in Dunedin. Now the DCC is trying to help solve the problem of ‘trailing spouses’ – partners of skilled migrants who find it difficult to secure work here.
        Video

      • Elizabeth

        Happy for the Fulton Hogan road crew and colleagues to be thanked – but why does this feel like the 2013 Cull mayoralty campaign kicking in, care of DCC Spooks?

        ===

        Dunedin City Council
        Media Release

        BBQ breakfast for roading contractors

        This item was published on 17 Sep 2012.

        Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull will be swapping his robes and chains for a barbecue apron at a special breakfast being laid on by Fulton Hogan for the city’s roading contractors on Friday 21 September.

        The Dunedin Area Roading Team (DART) has been responsible for the city’s roads for the past four years, under a contract awarded to Fulton Hogan, and Mayor Cull says the barbecue is a great way for him to say thanks in person for their efforts.

        “These are the guys who get out of bed at all hours when flooding, landslips, snow or ice threaten the city’s roading network. They get some extremely unpleasant jobs to do in all sorts of conditions and we want to make sure they get some thanks for tackling what can sometimes seem thankless tasks.”

        Dunedin’s roading network consists of 660km of sealed urban roads and a further 31km that are unsealed. Then there are the 415km of sealed rural roads with an additional 680km unsealed.

        Add to that 926km of footpaths, 19,600 signs, 7570 mud tanks, 5450 culverts and 410km of grass verges and the sheer scale of the maintenance work involved becomes clear. There is street sweeping to do, rubbish to be picked up and culverts and storm water systems to be cleared, as well as surface repairs such as potholes to be taken care of.

        In an average winter there are 30 frost days which require a total of 1600 tonnes of grit and 13 tonnes of CMA.

        It is a major job and Fulton Hogan maintenance manager Dean Scott says they want to thank all staff involved for their efforts.

        “It’s a chance to acknowledge the sacrifices they and their families make. They can be called out to jobs all hours of the day and night. So much of what they do happens at times when the public just don’t see them.”

        It is also an opportunity to build the team spirit within DART which is made up not just of DCC and Fulton Hogan staff, but a number of local subcontractors as well, he says.

        “We like having a lot of local subbies helping out but I think that is why people don’t always realise just how many maintenance teams are active out there. From now on we are going to be putting DART branding on vehicles and subcontractors will have magnetic signs they can use so people can see they are working as part of the Dunedin Area Roading Team.”

        The barbecue breakfast will be held from 8.00am – 9.00am at the Sunnyvale car park.

        Contact Peter Standring on 477 4000.

        DCC Link

  7. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Fri, 21 Sep 2012
    Apology accepted after complaint
    By Chris Morris
    A Dunedin community board member has apologised after claims they used a public lecture to deliver a diatribe against the Dunedin City Council and its staff. The contents of the August 22 talk in Dunedin led to a complaint from a member of the council’s staff, who was in the audience, Mayor Dave Cull confirmed yesterday. The complaint was considered during the non-public part of Monday’s full council meeting, and details were released to the Otago Daily Times yesterday following an official information request.
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  8. Anonymous

    So that’s the “standing orders” case. What was the “Legal matter”?

  9. amanda

    Wonder what the board member said about DCC staff and Councillors?

  10. Hype O'Thermia

    Who was the deluded suckup who didn’t think “a diatribe against the Dunedin City Council and its staff” was fair comment >> richly deserved >> balancing the spin, at last?

  11. Peter

    It strikes me that it is a bit gutless to make a complaint, and not stand by it, by not being prepared to out yourself. As the report reads, it comes across as a kangaroo type court where the Community Board member has been forced to make an apology. Isn’t it the right for the public to judge, for themselves, if the Community Board member was speaking totally out of line? Or was he /she saying something which had more than a grain of truth?
    Mind you, this is an ODT report and we may never know the full/true story.

    • Elizabeth

      Members of the public nodding affirmatively to pronouncements of the speaker or engaged in rapturous applause should be brought before the Mayor Ineffectual for summary punishment.

      That’s if the ruler expects our votes next year and we want continuance of Zombieville Dunedin.

  12. Elizabeth

    Comment moved to this thread – relevance.

    See post at top of thread and comments above. The Saturday news item (ODT 22.9.12) to which Rob refers is likely to appear at ODT Online later today.

    Rob Hamlin
    Submitted on 2012/09/23 at 12:42 am

    There was an interesting little article tucked away on a back page [page 5] of today’s ODT. The article described what recommendations the DCC have been submitting on in our name to Central Government with regard to Local Government legislation.

    Apparently, the DCC have recommended/requested that they be given tougher sanctions against errant councillors who breach standing orders. As pretty much can and has been done to councillors who breach these standing orders, bar excluding them either temporarily or permanently from their elected positions, one can only assume that this is what Cull and his supporters have in mind.

    When one passes one’s mind back on why Councillors have got into serious trouble over breaching standing orders, the case of Teresa Stevenson springs strongly to mind. Ms Stevenson you may recall got into trouble by making public a secret letter in which the then Mayor, Peter Chin, offered council property to Central Government in return for funding for the Stadium. The public were not impressed by the revelation, and as far as I know the deal never happened.

    The Mayor was very cross for this intrusion by the public on private civic business affairs, and amidst much outraged verbosity, took strong action against her. As this did not include removing her from her elected position, this was not done, but had this action been available… Since this incident, there has been a notable reluctance for councillors to talk about what goes on behind the numerous closed doors at the DCC. One wonders whether this reluctance, which might be described by some individuals as ‘good behaviour’, has in fact served the public interest.

    In the article, Mayor Cull justified this request via submission with all sorts of grandiose but exceedingly vague proposals about independent arbitrators to whom complaints could be made (presumably by the mayor and other senior councillors as these individuals seem to be a common source of such complaints), and about ‘depoliticising’ the process with regard to these more serious sanctions.

    It is not absolutely clear from the article whether these checks on these proposed increased powers were included in the submission.

    It does not take much thought to appreciate the extreme danger that such proposals and the mindsets that generate them represent to local democracy. The elimination of inconvenient dissenting voices or embarrassing leaks could be quickly and easily achieved by a ruling group once they had written their council’s standing orders to suit their own purposes (this capacity of council majorities to write their own local rules of procedure immediately after their election is something that Central governments should be looking at fast and hard).

    Any lingering doubts about this risk were dispelled by the example used in the article. This example reported that a community board member had recently been forced to apologise for making critical comments about our glorious council [at a public lecture held in Dunedin on 22 August]. The exact circumstances of this example were not revealed, but one would hope that the comments involved were more than merely politically inconvenient or embarrassing – But who knows? This issue, though tedious, may be more important than seagulls shitting on Stadium patrons’ sandwiches.

  13. Hype O'Thermia

    Nice touch – “proposals about independent arbitrators to whom complaints could be made”. And the complaints will be dealt with next day, and decision will be arrived at the day after, yeah. Looks to me like some people in the DCC have been widening their horizons and in the process noticing how well other countries manage internal differences of opinion. Burma, North Korea – do we have sister cities in those countries yet?

  14. Brian Miller

    I find the comments on this blog on the community board member quite interesting. As you may or may not know, I am a member of the Mosgiel / Taieri community board, and have stood and retired several times from the board, but have always been elected when I have stood for the board. I wonder if the community board member who is involved here, was actually told of his or her rights. At a previous time in another life when I was on the M/T board, all the members of that board, with the exception of Maurice Prendergast voted to have me referred to the standing orders committee. I won’t go into the reasons why as it would take up to much space here and is not relevant to a point that I wish to make. That being: Was the community board member at the centre of this issue given the right to have this issue dealt with in public? When the M/T board tried to have my case handled with the public excluded, I objected quite strongly against it being in private, and as it was myself that was being put on trial and wanted the issue put before the public, it had to be that way. This then exposes those that are laying the complaint and everything else involved with the complaint. It was quite remarkable to see the wind taken from the sails of those making the complaint especially when the matter was open to the public and I had my lawyer there to observe. To go back to my original question that I would dearly like to know. Was this community board member given the right to make the decision as to whether he/she could have had this issue dealt with, with the public included. He or she if given the choice of having this issue taken in public, might have found that the knives were not quite as sharp. By the way, all this secrecy puts every other community board member under suspicion. except me. Because it wasn’t me this time, otherwise it would have been in the public domain.

  15. Peter

    I think you adopted the right tactics, Brian, for dealing with such attempts to intimidate from behind the scenes. I’ve always adopted the policy, when unfairly attacked or undermined, to hit back double. A very sharp tongue helps.From then on, people who indulge in this kind of underhand intimidation become forever wary of doing it again. Sometimes it is better to inflame a situation – to clear the air – instead of tiptoeing around trying to fend off the attacker. Those who try to intimidate, without being noticed, are usually cowards and will back away when confronted aggressively. Okay, it might affect future relationships, but such people are not to be trusted anyhow and they are expendable.

  16. Calvin Oaten

    This is, as both Rob and Brian imply, a serious matter with potential implications that I doubt that our Mayor has thought through. It is, as he sees it, a matter of control and restricting elected representatives in their ability to take controversial positions on issues. Why? Is it because he is insecure in his own position and fears criticism? Steps like he is proposing smack of imperialism which, in our democracy is untenable. If he can’t handle the sort of activities he hints at, perhaps Mayor Cull should step back and take a long hard look at why these fears arise. Look first at the recent track record of the council’s performances which have decimated the city’s fortunes. Look again at how well he has performed in all of this. His own outspoken comments have resulted in a $1m defamation case against him. His own handling of this case, behind closed doors is an abysmal betrayal of the citizens. That it will result in a confidential settlement is a foregone conclusion. That he has committed the citizens to interminable debt to support certain factions in this city is undeniable. Yes, it is easy to see why he would want these sorts of powers in his hands. It is common knowledge that there are dissenting members around that table. It is also common knowledge that there is a ‘cabal’ that would dearly love to see those irritants gagged. Majority support is what a leader most needs, and in the grubby game being played here it exposes all the nuances of cronyism in order to stifle genuine debate. Worse, it excludes the public, who are supposed to be served.

    • Elizabeth

      We need to hear from the community board member (god forbid they’ve been required to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of their formal apology?) – or from a ‘leak’ who is willing to let us in on what’s happened.

      There’s message here to all from Brian. That is, community board members should be well aware of their formal rights, in just these situations.

      1. Members of all community boards should communicate informally between themselves on the matter (public / non public hearing of complaints) immediately – to make clear the options an individual board member has available if a complaint is received against them;

      and

      2. Request the matter be discussed as a formal item of business on each board’s upcoming agenda.

      Democracy requires it. Some solidarity on this wouldn’t go amiss although it’ll be a hot potato to contemplate for one or two particular board members.

  17. Tomo

    Brian Miller has jogged my memory. I do recall him being involved with the standing orders committee some years back. If I recall correctly I think Cr Brown supported very strongly that Miller go before the standing orders committee. I don’t recall the outcome. I think Cr Brown was one of council’s reps on that particular board at the time.

  18. Mike

    Actually I think it could be a positive thing – I agree that it should be some depolitisation of the process – the way that Chin and the stadium councilors behaved towards Teresa was abominable – a truly independent process might neuter a mayor who wished to use his or her bully pulpit to, well, bully …..

    But yes let’s make sure that it’s an open process – that stops someone being sentenced to trial by lawyer

  19. Hype O'Thermia

    Yes, and it has to be something that isn’t a prolonged gagging order/home detention tactic, neutralising the inconvenient issue-raiser + warning others to be submissive noddies if they don’t want the same fate.

  20. Peter

    An ‘independent process’ can easily be rigged by appointing lackeys to do your dirty work. The whole dispute should be out in the open for others to judge. The independents are the public at large.
    The forced apologies that Teresa was forced to make, with amendments for unsatisfactory wording, had the good effect, for her, in showing up the behaviour of the ****s who were bullying her. A sympathy vote factor possibly helped with her election! They looked so idiotic throughout the process and exposed themselves.

    • Elizabeth

      With the growing DCC debt mountain and (joke) DCC asset sales pending, the council’s efforts to jam down lids before next year’s local body elections, I’m sure, will escalate. A great time to debate the issues in ways the council’s new $5m spooks department (marketing and communications) can’t keep up with on the factory floor.

      • Elizabeth

        ### ODT Online Sun, 23 Sep 2012
        Push for tougher rules
        By Chris Morris
        Dunedin city councillors could soon face tough new rules – and even the threat of being removed from their posts – as part of a drive to lift standards, Mayor Dave Cull says. Mr Cull told the Otago Daily Times a proposal to rewrite the council’s “cumbersome” standing orders was being considered, and work on that was likely to begin “sooner rather than later”. Standing orders governed the behaviour of the city’s elected representatives, including councillors and members of the city’s six community boards. Mr Cull said the council planned to consider ways of making the complaints adjudication process more independent, including the possible creation of a completely independent panel of people with a legal background.
        Read more
        http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/227000/push-tougher-rules

  21. Anonymous

    My feeling is New Our Stadium Mayor Dave Cull has proven he will make the stadium ‘work at any cost’ and therefore be rewarded for his loyalty at the next election with further support by Stakeholders and the Otago Council Times. This would be contingent on a number of things, including diminishing or eradicating any councillor who is prepared to stand up and speak out against these self-serving corporate fatnecks. Shutting down competent adversaries is essential to their way of screwing Dunedin. This is the advice which has been given to Mayor Cull but I doubt deep down few people believe the marketing.

    Dear Taieri and Mosgiel constituents:
    Please get out and vote for someone other than Stadium Councillor Syd Brown. Leave him blank. If you don’t vote, the Unreality Class, horse-racing clubs, gambling stakeholders and developers will just vote him back in to look after their interests for another term. And then the wider Dunedin community suffers for another three years.

  22. Anonymous

    The Stakeholders have a lot to lose. The Stadium Councillors and Mayor Dave Cull are running scared. It is right there in how they are trying to consolidate power – the worst possible action in an already corrupt city council.

    Don’t let them gain this high ground. Don’t let them win.

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